We are always looking for ways to dig into hard topics together as a community. Whether it's looking at racism, poverty, trauma, or critiquing the charity model, we are here for it!
Some of our past community learning programs have included:
-- Pick-Your-Own Anti-Racist Film Festival (2021 & 2022)
-- eCPR training (2022)
-- Antiracism Book Groups (2021 & 2022)
-- Monthly Spanish Hour at the Café (2021 & 2022)
-- Trauma-Informed Community Building Training (Summer 2021)
-- Mutual Aid Book Discussion (2021)
-- Conversations about Racism (2021)
Check out our Facebook page to stay up to date on upcoming events! Or sign up for our community/volunteer newsletter to hear more about our monthly offerings, including film screenings, community conversations, game nights, book clubs, and more.
The Café is striving to meet the needs of its community members through the offering of many different activities and services.
On any given Saturday you may find a community agency, such as The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts offering sign-up services for SNAP benefits. Or perhaps you may encounter folks from the People’s Medicine Project providing education and samples of natural medicines that heal your body, mind, and soul. We partnered with the Community Health Center (CHC) to hold a Health Fair at the Café in 2018 and we had health practitioners on-site at the café at least once a month until the pandemic started in 2020.
Before the pandemic, each week after the meal a Council is offered. Council is a listening and speaking from the heart circle discussion group. A member of the Café community who has been trained in this practice facilitates the Council. Ariel Pliskin offered facilitator training in 2018. We hope to re-instate council practice soon, as it's been on hold during the pandemic.
We believe that part of health includes feeling valued and useful when participating in activities. Therefore, all of our guests are invited to participate at the Café as volunteers, support fundraising events, and join different parts of our team. If you are interested in knowing more about any of these opportunities feel free to discuss them with our Executive Director, Kirsten Levitt.